Saturday, 17 November 2018                

Presentation Night

 2018 Croydon Chess Club

Presentation Night

(Thursday, 6th December 2018)

Families of members are welcome.



Awards and trophies, blitz tournament and free pizza!


Thursday, 6th December 2018, 6:00pm to 9:30pm.


Swinburne Croydon Campus

    – CG Auditorium & Foyer


It's free for members and their families.


Could each family please bring a plate of salad or finger food to share (cultural dishes welcome)


Please email Ian by 30th Nov to let us know who and how many are coming! Also, if vegetarian pizza is required. Finally, please list the names of those likely to play in the blitz tournament which finishes at 9:30pm.



6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
Pizza dinner and refreshments

7:00pm – 7:45pm Presentations
Presentations for 25+ tournaments plus special awards.

8:00pm – 9:30pm Blitz Tournament (optional)
Blitz tournament (5 mins/game, everyone plays 5 games) - optional, but everyone welcome!



What We Offer

Croydon Chess offers a fun and family-friendly environment suitable for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

We have a tiered coaching program for our junior players and coaching nights for our senior players.

We have regular tournaments for our Junior and Adult players ranging from fun events, such as Blitz (all moves in 5 minutes), through to more serious events such as the Croydon Open.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.


Club Membership (2018 fees)
-- $70.00 / year for seniors
-- $50.00 / year for children
---- $30.00 / year for 2nd child
---- additional children free

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Youth at Croydon RSL

    Juniors at Swinburne Croydon

    Please see here for more details

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments

-- 60min/30s time control
-- $10.00* / tournament (5 rounds)

-- $20.00* / tournament (7 rounds) with prizes

*members rates

Transition (U800) Tournaments

-- 30min/30s time control

-- $10 for 7 rounds (club rated)

-- $5 for 5 rounds (club rated)

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit (first time free)



World Top 10 for more details and full list



Latest News
Junior Club – Swinburne Renovations – 15 Nov


 IMPORTANT - Junior Club at Swinburne - Nov to Feb


Swinburne is renovating the Cafeteria and nearby areas from November to February. There will be some disruption to Junior Club operations. Please keep an eye on this space for the latest announcements over this period.

22 & 29 Nov: Cafeteria area closed. Please access the building from the side entrance nearest Norton Rd. Intermediate groups will be in their normal classrooms. Beginners will be using the large room (Auditorium) to the right of the entrance.

Any questions?


2018 World Championship - 10 to 28 Nov


The World Championship 12 game match between Magnus Carlsen (Nor) and challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA) has commenced in London. The games begin 3pm London-time, so 1am here. Prize money: 1 million Euros (1.6m AUD), shared 60% winner:40% loser.

To see the games live: - free live commentary    - computer evaluations only - official website (but having some problems)


Game 1:  Interesting game (Sicilian-Rossolimo) with opposite sides castling. Carlsen, with black, has a strong advantage in position and on the clock. Caruana is fortunate to survive. Draw (115 moves). Analysis.

Game 2:  Caruana plays quickly and is well prepared with a new idea for black in Queen's Gambit. Carlsen uses a lot of time to navigate a safe path and is content to have a rook ending a pawn down. Draw (49 moves). Rest day to follow - Sunday. Analysis.

Game 3: A less exciting game (Sicilian - Rossolimo) where major pieces get swapped. Carlsen gains an advantage in the endgame, but insufficient to win. Draw (49 moves). Analysis.

Game 4: Caruana confidently counteracts the English opening from Carlsen. Draw (34 moves). Analysis. Rest day to follow - Wed.

Game 5: Another Sicilian Rossilmo opening from Caruana, but he tries a gambit line which seems to surprise everyone except Carlsen. After a tactical melee, Carlsen ends up with a small advantage, but insufficient to bother Caruana. Draw (34 moves). Analysis.

Game 6: Great play from both players. An unusual Petroff line with lots of knight manoeuvring sees Caruana, with black, eventually get the better of Carlsen. Carlsen attempts to relieve the pressure by giving up a piece for two pawns. In a complex endgame, Caruana misses an obscure winning manoeuvre. Draw (80 moves). Analysis. Rest day to follow - Sat.

Halfway through the match and honours are even. Both players seem well-prepared and both have had winning chances. If the match goes to 6 all, then they play a series of rapid games. Carlsen has the better record in rapid play, so there is perhaps more pressure on Caruana to go for a win in the remainder of the match.

 General news article about the match.

Meanwhile, the Women's World Championship Knockout tournament is taking place Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Currently (16 Nov) at semi-final stage. Official website.



Club Championship - R6/7 - 16 Nov


Open: With 1 round left, Kyle and Ian lead on 5/6, from Garry on 4.5/6.

U800:  Colin now leads on 4.5/6, from Matthew and Hayden 4/6.



Junior Club Championship - 7 Sep


 Congratulations to the following:

     Youth Club: 

         1st   Gavyn 6.5,   2nd Jayden 5,5

            =3rd Tiger, Allen & Felix 5

     Intermediate A :

         1st  Callen  6, 2nd Lucas 5.5. 

            =3rd Jimmy, Chunting & Boris 4.5

     Intermediate B: 

         1st  Jason 6.5, 2nd Ray 5.5, 

             =3rd Samuel & Alex  4.5

 Full Results.


Senior Club - September ACF Ratings

5 current members had Classic Rating inceases of over 50 points:

  Jayden Zhang +326

  Mathew Cooke +78

  Bill Jiang  +71

  Tiger Zhao +53

  Pearl Yung  +52

Check out your rating here.

2018 Vic Champion - John Nemeth - 26 Aug

Congratulations to our Youth group coach, John Nemeth, on winning the 2018 Vic Championship. One of our other coaches, Bill Jiang, also performed well, finishing in =5th place. Well done!

The Frost - Final Results - 17 Aug

  Congratulations to the following:


          1st   Ian Birchall  (Gold)  5/5

        =2nd  Garry Lycett (Silver) &

                 Ion Kloprogge (Bronze)  4/5



          1st    Hayden Ma  (Gold)  5/5

        = 2nd  Colin He (Silver) &

                  Derek Qian  (Bronze) 3/5


  Results and Open Games

New Australian GM - 13 Jul

Congratulations to 21 year old Austrailan, Justin Tan, who has just gained the final requirements for his Grand Master title. Also a talented gymnast, Justin was born in Wales but grew up in Melbourne. For the last few years, he has been studying in England and playing in European tournaments.

End of Announcements
Upcoming events

 Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:   

     Nov  22  Christmas Cracker R5/5

     Nov  29  Coaching & casual games


Youth Club - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 

     Nov  22  Christmas Cracker R5/5

     Nov  29  Coaching & casual games

Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -     

    Nov 22  The Club Championship   R7/7

    Nov 29  Senior coaching & casual games

See the 2018 Calendar


Location - Senior & Youth Club
Location - Junior Club

Senior & Youth Club Meeting Place:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the EV Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

Google Map Link

Junior Club Meeting Place:

  Cafeteria (CF,CG)
  Swinburne University

  Croydon Campus

  Norton Rd

  Croydon VIC 3136

   See Campus Map


  Croydon Chess

  C/O Croydon RSL
  PO Box 75
  Croydon VIC 3136



0490 125 926




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Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop our club:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

LJ Hooker Mooroolbark L J Hooker


Northern Star Chess

Northern Star Chess - home of the Northern Star Chess Study Cards

 Maroondah City Council
Maroondah City Council

Chess Victoria

Swinburne University

Your Local Chess Club

Croydon Chess services the following areas:

Bayswater, Blackburn, Boronia, Box Hill, Chirnside Park, Croydon, Doncaster, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Healesville, Heathmont, Heatherdale, Kilsyth, Knox, Lilydale, Mitcham, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Waverley, Narre Warren, Nunawading, Park Orchards, Ringwood, Rowville, Scoresby, Seville, Silvan, Templestowe, Vermont, Wandin, Wantirna, Warburton, Warrandyte, Wheelers Hill, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley (covering council areas of Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges).

We have also listed other Melbourne and Victorian clubs on our external links page.

Statement of Purpose

Croydon Chess exists to:

  • encourage the enjoyment of chess amongst residents of Croydon and surrounding suburbs
  • educate our community about the benefits of a lifetime of playing chess
  • train participants of all ages to become more technically proficient in their play
  • facilitate the running of structured (competitive) chess tournaments as well as informal (casual) play
  • provide a welcoming club environment that fosters development of productive, long-term relationships between our members

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